This past weekend we had company come visit. One of Jeremy’s housemates from his single days came. But not alone! Mike brought his wife and three kids along! When we lived in Columbus, Mike and Anja were friends of ours, and I really enjoyed the opportunities we had to hang out. They were married about 8 months after we were and had their first child about a year after we had Madison. Since moving, we have not seen them nearly as much. Jeremy still tries to stop and visit when he goes to Columbus for work. Once, we met Mike and two of the kids at the zoo one time when we took the girls, but otherwise, neither of us has tried the whole family visit thing.
This was a pleasant first try. Mike, Anja, Sasha, Beckett, and Teddy arrived late afternoon on Saturday. Madison and Ellie were elated! The kids hit it off right away; it was really neat to see. We took them to the local Fall Fest at the park. There was a hot dog roast, s’mores, pumpkin decorating, BINGO, corn hole, and of course, the park. It was a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a beautiful fall evening.
Sasha decided she would like to have a sleepover – her first – in the girls’ room. It was a success… until 6am when they all woke up… way too early for me. We managed to get breakfast, showers, dressed, and to church ON TIME! I don’t know how it goes in your household, but this is a feat when it is just the four of us. Somehow, we just get a little distracted – playing, reading the paper, relaxing… and then it is suddenly rush, rush, rush to get showers done and clothes on and out the door. So, I was impressed when all NINE of us made it to church and in our seats before the service started!
After church, Gloria joined us for lunch (shredded chicken sandwiches, salad, chips, and fruit). The kids played more inside and outside. Content, with basically no supervision. We decided to take them to Secrest Arboretum to the big slide to play as they left town. It made for a late departure for them, but the kids had a blast. I have no idea how their little legs carried them so many times up the hill to do the slide again and again and again. I am pretty sure it was at a minimum 20 times on the slide. We just sat and took it in.
The weekend felt like a mini vacation for me even though we were still in our own home. It was refreshing and the weather was perfect. I am thankful for times to renew old friendships.